HKUST Pioneers with HKEX in Sustainable Finance Education

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) today announced its partnership with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) to pioneer a course on Sustainable Finance. The HKUST-HKEX partnership reflects a joint effort to nurture the next generation of talent for one of the fastest growing segments in today’s investment and fund management industry and in support Hong Kong to be a global green finance hub. This is the first time that HKEX partners with a university in Asia in offering an executive education course in this important field.

As an international finance center, Hong Kong is uniquely positioned in Asia with an established network of funding sources and instruments to drive green projects in the region. The course jointly developed by the HKUST Business School and HKEX is designed for students who look for new knowledge and skills to advance their career in this emerging field and address the talent gap for Hong Kong to develop into a green finance hub.

To be offered in Spring term 2022 for MBA students, the elective course “Sustainable Finance with Business Practices”, introduces the framework of sustainable finance and responsible investing and examines various approaches to ESG investing, relevant products and strategies across asset classes, and the governed practices. With experienced faculty from HKUST and experts from HKEX, students will be able to understand the key challenges and opportunities in different contexts of green and sustainable finance.

“Our business education goes beyond contribution to the economy as it also addresses the imminent need for a positive change in our society and environment,” said Prof. CHEN Tai-Yuan, Associate Dean and MBA Program Director of the HKUST Business School. “We are very pleased to work closely with HKEX to develop a course that can help our graduates thrive and shape the future of sustainable finance and a better future for the community at large.”

According to Ms. Grace HUI, Managing Director and Head of Green and Sustainable Finance, HKEX, “Sitting at the heart of Asia’s financial markets, HKEX is committed to supporting the long-term development of a robust and sustainable finance ecosystem in Hong Kong. We believe that capability building is essential as Hong Kong elevates its leadership position as the region’s sustainable finance hub. Therefore we are very pleased to be co-curating together with HKUST this MBA elective course, as we work to develop the pipeline of sustainable finance talent in our market. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and practical experience in the capital markets with our future leaders. Together, we have a net zero future to win.”

The course represents a joint effort between the HKUST Business School and HKEX in providing easy access to information and knowledge on green finance and driving the sustainable finance agenda in Hong Kong and beyond.

Some of the topics of the new course include:

  • Background and history of sustainable finance and key players in the ecosystem
  • Latest developments in sustainable finance, from regulations and standards to market trends
  • Activities and strategies of sustainable investment
  • Green and sustainable investment products across asset classes